Upcoming: QA Peter Greenaway & Nightwatching Preview

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Yes! It's finally here! To describe Peter Greenway as a modern master of cinema is an understatment. After a 3 year wait his latest masterpiece is unveiled - "Nightwatching".

Greenway's style is the antisthesis of MTV style over substance filmmaking. He paints a lush and detailed canvas, each scene a visual delight. Greenaway is in full flow here and Nightwatching takes its place among his most visually captivating and intellectually provocative films.

Martin Freeman stars as Rembrandt in Peter Greenaway's lush tale about the painter's great work, The Night Watch. Greenaway creates a drama that is an examination of the form and fabric of the painting, the intrigue behind its subject and the character of Rembrandt himself.

The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, turning him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later become to be known as The Nightwatch. He soon discovers that there is a conspiracy afoot with the Amsterdam merchants playing at soldiers maneuvering for financial advantage and personal power in, that time, the richest city in the Western World. Rembrandt stumbles on a foul murder. Confident in the birth of a longed-for son and heir, Rembrandt is determined to expose the conspiring murderers and builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting, uncovering the seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age.

Rembrandt's great good fortune turns. Saskia dies. Rembrandt reveals the accusation of murder in the painting and the conspirators plan revenge. They set out to discredit him at home and abroad. They plant a treacherous mistress, Geertje, to seduce him. They try to blind him. They plan his social and financial ruin, and to create the circumstances for his slide into penury, insult his young mistress Hendrickje, conspire to destroy his son, and bring Rembrandt to his knees. The bold and courageous painting of the Nightwatch, exceptional in aesthetics and content, is Rembrandt's most celebrated painting, it consolidated his reputation as a master-painter but it also destroyed him socially and financially.

QA Peter Greenaway & Nightwatching Preview

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
12 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

3:00pm, Sun 28 March, 2010

For more info and tickets visit The ICA